Former Australia speedster Brett Lee has shared his views on the use of two new balls in One Day International cricket, saying that the game should now be made bowler friendly. Lee believes that the score in the range of 250-280 in ODIs is ideal instead of the colossal targets.
"What the bowlers need are the wickets. They have to get wickets that (are) not totally flat (batting tracks) where someone scores 400 or someone gets a 450 score... I still think that a 250-280 score, max, is a good total," Lee quoted as saying by IANS.
Earlier, Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar had come in support of bowlers after seeing the massacre inflicted by the England batsmen on Australian bowlers in the process of scoring the highest ever ODI score (481 runs) at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on June 19.
Tendulkar had pointed out that the rule of using two new balls from both ends in white-ball cricket is affecting the bowlers in the latter half of the innings. The ball doesn't get old and hence it doesn’t assist the bowlers to generate reverse swing.
"Having 2 new balls in one day cricket is a perfect recipe for disaster as each ball is not given the time to get old enough to reverse. We haven’t seen the reverse swing, an integral part of the death overs, for a long time. #ENGvsAUS," Sachin had tweeted.
Commenting on Sachin’s tweet, Lee said: "I don't think there's an issue if they use one ball in 50 overs or two balls. Having two new balls in one day cricket can assist the bowlers."
However, he highlighted the negative of using two balls, saying: "it doesn't get old enough for reverse swing which he said is a very important tool for bowlers.”
Lee, who has taken 380 wickets in 221 ODIs for Australia, also urged to make the game "bowler friendly" by ensuring a conducive pitch with a bit of grass cover.
"That for me is the easiest way to do it... I'm not saying have an actual green top, but just have something for the bowlers to work with," Brett Lee concluded.
(With IANS inputs)